Melrose Park, IL---Getting a confident steer from driver Travis Seekman, Dennis Nehmer and Robert Phillips' Dakota Roadster powered by his rivals nearing the half-mile mark and never looked back en route to an impressive 3-½-length victory in Friday’s (July 12) $10,000 Fox Valley Barzgar Stakes at Maywood Park. The final time was 1:57.4.
|Photo courtesy of Kellie Lachata|
|Driver Travis Seekman and Dakota Roadster were on cruise control as they strolled under the wire with an easy win in Friday's $10,000 Fox Valley Barzgar Stakes.|
Despite starting in the second tier Seekman managed to get his charge away in fourth as Fox Valley Cadet (Todd Warren) and Pathologist (Brian Carpenter) battled through an opening quarter in 29.
Heading into the stretch for the first time, Seekman made what would prove to be the winning move, pulling from fourth and powering to the top as the field reached the half-mile mark in 58.4.
Quickly facing pressure from a hard-charging Gett’er Done Dune, these two battled neck and neck by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:28.1. A fit and fresh Dakota Roadster then seemed to find another gear on the final turn, rebuffing the challenge of the favorite as he began putting daylight between himself and his rivals while pacing away to his first career victory. Joel’s Z Tam (Casey Leonard) who got away to a slow start, rallied from last to finish second while Gett’er Done Dune held on for third.
An $8,500 yearling purchase, Dakota Roadster returned $7.80, $5.00 and $7.40 while running his record to one win and two seconds in three career starts with earnings of $8,500.